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BEIJING: China has hired former Swedish national women's coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors to coach the struggling Chinese women's soccer team.

Domanski-Lyfors signed a contract on Monday, the Chinese Football Association said, and was expected to take over managing the team in mid April.

Domanski-Lyfors will replace coach Ma Liangxing. Ma has been away from the team for several months and is reported to be suffering from heart problems. He has refused to step down, although the CFA is moving to end his contract.

The newspaper Beijing News said Domanski-Lyfors will earn about €400,000 (US$530,000).

Domanski-Lyfors coached Sweden's women for nine years, and the team finished as runner-up to Germany in the 2003 World Cup final. She resigned in 2005.

The Chinese women are in crisis.

The team lost all four games earlier this month in the Algarve Cup, including an embarrassing 4-1 loss to Iceland. Assistant coach Wang Haiming has been handling the team during Ma's absence.

Earlier this month well-traveled German coach Eckhard Krautzun stepped down as an adviser to the team. He was considered a candidate for the top job.

China will host the women's World Cup in September and will be under pressure to perform. The World Cup is the last major sporting event prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and China was once considered among the favorites along with Germany, Sweden, Norway, North Korea, Brazil and the United States.


http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/27/sports/AS-SPT-SOC-China-New-Coach.php

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SWEDEN'S Marika Domanski-Lyfors became the first foreign coach of China's women soccer team after signing a contract with the China Football Association this morning, Sina.com reported today.

The 47-year-old Domanski-Lyfors, the current Sweden women's U21 coach, arrived in Wuhan yesterday and then discussed the contract with officials of the CFA, the report said.

The contract details haven't been released, according to the report.

Ma Liangxing, the current coach who suffered from some health problems before the Algarve Cup, was asked to step down, an earlier report said.

Assistant coach Wang Haiming, who managed the team in Ma's absence and lost all four games in the Algarve Cup, will remain the team manager until April 17 when Domanski-Lyfors takes over the job.

The CFA plans to pay Domanski-Lyfors US$300,000 a year, according to an earlier Sina.com report.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/sp/article/2007/200703/20070327/article_310524.htm

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Let's see if she can turn their fortunes around, it seems like a bit of a tall order. I hope there are no more of those mysterious health problems that seem to have affected some of the others who have worked around the Chinese national team.

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Women´s football got new head coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors

One hundred and 67 days before the forthcoming World Women's Football Championship, the Chinese women's football team have their first foreign coach: Marika Domanski-Lyfors of Sweden.

Domanski-Lyfors signed the contract with the Chinese Football Association on Tuesday. After greeting journalists in Chinese, she expressed her honor at becoming the new coach of China's women's football team.

Despite unprecedented difficulty, Domanski is still confident about coaching the team.

After the press conference, Domanski met her players. On Wednesday she will leave for Sweden to wrap up her affairs and begins her coaching duties in China on April 17th.

http://www.cctv.com/program/sportsscene/20070328/102493.shtml

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Marika wastes no time in setting her stall out in this article from FIFA:

Domanski-Lyfors sets China semi-final target
(AFP) 28 Mar 2007

Sweden's Marika Domanski-Lyfors has set a goal of lifting China's struggling women's football team into the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-finals after being given the reins of the 'Steel Roses' until 2008.
 
The China Football Association announced the appointment of the former Swedish women's coach on Tuesday until the end of next year, making her the first foreigner to coach the Chinese national team.

Domanski-Lyfors said she was confident of turning around China's fortunes in time for the FIFA Women's World Cup on home turf in September, after a recent run of rusty performances.

"My main goal is to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. The team will have many warm-ups and training sessions. I am confident we will do a good job in preparing the team," she told reporters, according to the China Daily.

Domanski-Lyfors said she would not be overawed by the heavy pressure that will inevitably come as China seeks to reverse a slide that has seen the team fall to ninth in the world rankings.

"I was under a lot of pressure when I coached Sweden in the final of the last World Cup, so I know I can face it all," she said, adding there was enough talent in the squad to raise hopes of a quick return to form.

"China's women's team is very young and needs more experience. But they have great potential. I am confident we can work together to improve the team."

Domanski-Lyfors stepped down in 2005 after nine years as coach of the Swedish national team, leading them to the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2003 where they lost to Germany.

Wednesday's report did not mention her salary.

Her appointment is aimed at ending a tumultuous period for Chinese women's football, which saw the squad return from Europe this month having lost six games in a row, including to Iceland and Finland.

Previous coach Ma Liangxing quit in January citing heart problems, though Chinese press have speculated his resignation had more to do with a falling out with officials amid the team's decline.

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http://www.fifa.com/en/comp/index/0,2442,134499,00.html?comp=WF&year=2007&articleid=134499